Posts Tagged ‘Team Captain’

John Tavares is officially on the clock.

With the regular season now a thing of the past, the 27-year-old New York Islanders franchise center can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and it’s time for him to get serious about making a decision.

“I’ve got to take some time to see how things go over the next few days and few weeks and collect my thoughts and move on from there,” Tavares said Monday, according to Brian Compton of NHL.com. “I think I’ve earned the right to take my time. I don’t know if it will be a week, two weeks, a month, two months, I don’t really know.”

Tavares added that he’s still processing the way the Islanders’ season played out, and noted that he hasn’t considered who might make him an offer if things get to that point.

“You don’t know how many opportunities you get to get to this point and possibly see what the landscape is,” Tavares said. “I don’t even necessarily know if that’s really what I want to do yet. I’ve always stated how much I love it here. It’s emotional either way. Great organization, great place to play. Obviously, I want it to work out here.”

If Tavares does hit the open market, he’ll become one of the most prolific free agents in hockey history, having recorded 621 points in 669 games since the Islanders selected him first overall in 2009.

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It was a disappointing season for the Edmonton Oilers, but no one can blame Connor McDavid.

The 21-year-old superstar captured his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top point producer, racking up 108 while playing all 82 games.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux came closest to dethroning him, notching 102 points, and Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov finished third with 100 in 80 contests.

McDavid captured his first Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP with a 100-point campaign in 2016-17.

He has 256 points in 209 games over his first three NHL seasons, the first of which was reduced to 45 games due to injury.

Clear some space in Alex Ovechkin‘s trophy case.

The Washington Capitals captain capped the 2017-18 campaign by winning the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal-scorer on the back of a 49-goal season.

This marks the seventh time Ovechkin has won the award, and the fifth time in the past six seasons. He first earned the honor in 2007-08.

Ovechkin’s 49 goals represent the lowest output he’s needed to win the trophy save for the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, when he netted 32 goals in 48 games.

His most memorable goal this season was likely his 600th career tally, as Ovechkin became just the 20th NHL player to ever reach that plateau and the fourth-fastest to get there.

The NHL introduced the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy in the 1998-99 season.

The Chicago Blackhawks will head into next season with the same coaching staff, and Patrick Kane couldn’t be happier.

On Thursday, president John McDonough announced that the organization will bring back Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman, and Kane feels the team will be better off for it.

“You’re not going to find a better coach than Q,” Kane said, according to NHL.com’s Tracey Myers. “We should all feel very fortunate that he’s going to be back another year, try and play better for him next year.”

Captain Jonathan Toews echoed Kane’s sentiment, suggesting that next season will be up to more than just Bowman and Quenneville to get the team back on track after missing the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

“We’ve been through a lot, playing for Joel. Stan’s done a lot of great things for this team,” Toews said. “I think everyone’s committed to fixing the issues and the problems that we faced this year, and the same goes for Joel and Stan.”

This year stands to be the Blackhawks’ worst finish in 10 seasons, but with the core of Toews, Kane, Brent SeabrookDuncan Keith, and Corey Crawford still in the fold, and the man who has coached that core returning next season, don’t get used to a Blackhawks-free postseason.

Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators have been playing with heavy hearts following the loss of the captain’s unborn son on March 19.

Karlsson opened up about the devastating tragedy, saying things haven’t been easy, but he appreciates all the support he’s received.

“I’m doing okay,” Karlsson told the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch following Thursday’s overtime win over the Florida Panthers. “It’s been an extremely tough time and a situation I never expected to be in.

“I just want to thank my teammates, this organization, this community, people around the league and people we don’t even know for giving us their support and our time to be ourselves and grieve. Looking back it meant a lot to us for all the people that reached out – people that we know and people that we don’t know. It helped us get through this a little bit.”

Karlsson doesn’t anticipate things getting any easier, but he and his wife Melinda Currey have remained strong.

“It’s going to take us a very long time to get back to normal, but we’re going to do everything we can to stay as positive as possible,” he said. “I think my wife has handled the situation better than I could have ever imagined and it’s not something that you can prepare yourself for.”

Thursday’s win was Karlsson’s third contest since his son’s death, but claims it’s been hard to get himself up for games, even though it’s helped take his mind off things.

“It’s been hard … It’s been hard to kind of get the motivation,” he said. “At the same time, it’s been kind of a comfort zone to get back into routine and think about something else for awhile.

“At the end of the day, these guys mean a lot to me and when we go through something like this everybody gets together and they really embraced me and given me everything that I need in this time. For me to just get back to normal and see everybody else behave normal has helped me a lot.”

Karlsson’s status for the team’s final road trip remains unclear, but he’s hoping he “can play the remainder of the season out.”

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid recorded his 100th point of the season Tuesday with a first-period assist against Blue Jackets, becoming the first player to reach the century mark in back-to-back seasons since Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin in 2008-09 and 2009-10, per Hockey Reference.

Shortly thereafter, McDavid potted his 40th goal and 101st point of the season. He wasn’t done there, though, as he added another first-period assist for good measure.

Etching his name deeper into the NHL record books, McDavid became the seventh player in league history to record multiple 100-point seasons before his 22nd birthday, according to NHL Public Relations. The others? Wayne Gretzky, Dale Hawerchuk, Mario Lemieux, Crosby, Jimmy Carson, and Joe Sakic. Not bad company to say the least.

McDavid continues to make a serious case for the Hart Trophy despite the fact that his team won’t be heading to the postseason.

The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara to a one-year contract extension worth $5 million, the team announced Wednesday. The deal includes an additional $1.75 million in performance-based incentives.

According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Chara will reportedly receive a $1.25-million bonus if he plays 10 games, an additional $250,000 if the team makes the playoffs in 2018-19, and another $250,000 if it wins the Stanley Cup.

Chara could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but the Bruins were expected to retain his services for a 13th season with the club.

The $5-million base salary is a $1-million raise over this season, but that’s due to the front-loaded nature of the extension he signed in 2011.

The 41-year-old is the longest-tenured captain in the NHL, and has won both the Norris Trophy and Stanley Cup during his time in Boston.

In 68 games this year, Chara has recorded seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points with a plus-26 rating while averaging a team-high ‪23:00 of ice time per game.

Chara is currently sidelined due to injury, but is expected to return prior to the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.